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What's New in the Holyland

The Dead Sea Scrolls

In 1946, near a desolate spot in the Judean desert known as Khirbet Qumran, a Bedouin teenager crawled into a cave and discovered multiple clay jars that he hoped were filled with treasure. He was disappointed when what he found inside was just some old scrolls. These old scrolls they turned out to be more valuable than treasure though, and this teenage boy's accidental discovery exploded into an 11-year search that produced almost 900 different manuscripts. He didn’t find the treasure teenage boy dreams of, but he did make archaeological history.

Winter in Israel is the perfect time for a pilgrimage

Winter in Israel is a far cry from European or North American winters. Daytime temperatures generally don’t drop below 12°C in most areas. Snow birds looking for a respite from the cold come to Israel every year. The short winter (December – March) and relatively balmy weather make Israel a very appealing destination – for tourists and pilgrims alike.

So, if you want to visit the holy Christian sites in Israel, winter is a terrific opportunity to do so. And, since prices are usually lower in winter,check with your travel agent to see if there are any special deals.

Discover The Land Where Jesus Spent most of His Life

For those of you who like to hike, the Jesus Trail offers a unique opportunity to take in the Galilee landscape, from Nazareth to Capernaum, and see the picturesque towns and villages of the Gospels for yourself. This enchanting route winds its way from Nazareth through Sepphoris, Cana, the Arbel Cliffs, Tabgha, Capernaum, the Mount of Beatitudes, Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan River.

Rosh HaShana 13-15/9

Rosh Hashanah, the holiday that marks the beginning of the Jewish year, is in the Hebrew month of Tishrei, which coincides with late September and early October.
Unlike the other holidays, which have one holy day on which businesses are closed, Rosh Hashanah is a two-day holiday, and businesses are closed on both days. The holiday is two days according to tradition started in the Diaspora when the onset of the new moon – which traditionally was decreed by the High Court in Jerusalem – was not known.

The Pope’s Holy Land Pilgrimage

Pope Francis embarked on his historic pilgrimage to the Holy Land on May 25-26, 2014. The main purpose of his visit was to commemorate the historic meeting between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras, which took place 50 years earlier.

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day in Judaism. It is a day of fasting and prayer that is celebrated on the 10th of the Hebrew month of Tishrei.

Yom Kippur marks the end of the Ten Days of Repentance. According to Jewish belief, on Yom Kippur judgment is passed on each person for the coming year.